Egg sharing

There are various reasons why some women need donor eggs. It may be a result of their age seriously affecting egg quality, an early menopause, chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment permanently damaging the ovaries, unexplained infertility or that some women are born without ovaries.

But have you ever thought about the despair of these women who cannot produce their own eggs to be able to start a family?

Would you like the chance to have free IVF treatment or free egg freezing for yourself whilst wishing to help a woman who is unable to produce her own eggs?

If the answer is yes to either of these questions, then you may wish to consider joining our egg share programme.

What is egg sharing?

Egg sharing anonymously brings together women needing IVF treatment for different reasons. Many women will produce plenty of eggs during IVF treatment but may be struggling to afford the costs, and the other woman cannot have treatment at all without the gift of donor eggs. It provides the opportunity for an egg donor to help themselves with a free cycle of IVF or egg freezing and at the same time to experience the joy of helping another woman desperate to start her own family. Our egg sharing scheme is available to heterosexual and lesbian women, whether you are in a relationship or single.

Our egg share donors can receive either free IVF treatment or egg freezing when she donates half of the eggs collected from her own IVF cycle to an anonymous recipient.

Can anyone become an egg share donor?

In the UK strict criteria have been established that you will need to meet in order to become an egg share donor. We will also need to assess both your potential to produce enough eggs for two people’s treatments, and your health and genetic make up, so you will need to undertake all of the required screening tests. This is so that we are not knowingly passing any inheritable illness on to any child born as a result of the donation.

The most important factor when we look at likely egg quality is your age. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) stipulate that an egg donor must be under 36 years of age. We will also ask you to complete our donor questionnaires by answering questions about both your fertility and your health before we would consider you suitable to become an egg share donor. It is important that your family doctor has also signed the health questionnaire as verification. Once we have these questionnaires, and if you are suitable, we will book for you to come for an appointment with one of our fertility consultants. Before you are finally accepted as an egg share donor you will have several blood tests and the screening investigations to confirm your suitability. We also have to be very sure that all of our egg donors fully understand the short and long-term implications of donating eggs. Therefore, we will ask that you undertake counselling with an independent counsellor, who will allow you to freely and honestly discuss every aspect of your treatment.

Would you like to find out more?

The first steps to becoming an egg share donor is to talk to one of our egg donation nurse coordinators. Call Sarah Robinson on 01992 78 50 65 or Sarah Templeman on 01992 78 50 67.

Or you can complete our online Egg and Sperm Sharing Donor Health Questionnaire to allow us to assess your suitability to become an egg share donor. This can be returned by email to sarah.robinson@hertsandessexfertility.com

More information about becoming an egg share donor is also available on the HFEA website.